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APSU Baseball loses to Jacksonville, 11-3

APSU BaseballClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) baseball team saw its five-game home win streak come to an end as Jacksonville rallied to post an 11-3 victory in nonconference action on Joe Maynard Field at Raymond C. Hand Park.

For the second straight game, Austin Peay (25-19) scored the game’s first runs, scoring twice in the second.

Austin Peay Baseball sees home win streak end with 11-3 loss to Jacksonville Saturday night at Raymond C. Hand Field. (APSU Sports Information)
Austin Peay Baseball sees home win streak end with 11-3 loss to Jacksonville Saturday night at Raymond C. Hand Field. (APSU Sports Information)

After designated hitter John McDonald doubles to start the frame, the Govs used three consecutive bunts to score a run – third baseman Gino Avros executing a squeeze play flawlessly to allow McDonald to score.

Center fielder Garrett Spain would drive in the second run with a sacrifice fly.

Jacksonville (25-21) would respond quickly to Austin Peay’s opening rally, scoring two in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth thanks to home runs. Right fielder Duncan Hunter tied the game in the fifth with a two-run homer to right field.

One inning later, first baseman John Cassala gave the Dolphins their first lead of the weekend with a two-run shot to left field.

After the Dolphins got on the board, JU starter AJ Jones would bring the Govs offense to a halt. Facing two runners in scoring position with one out in the fourth, he struck out consecutive batters to hold the 2-2 score. Those two strikeouts started a stretch where the Dolphins starter retired nine of the 10 batters he faced, taking the 4-2 lead into the seventh.

Jacksonville broke the game open in the eighth, sending 11 men to the plate and scoring six times. Third baseman Angel Camacho hit a leadoff home run to start the inning, and the Dolphins would get four walks – one with the bases loaded – followed by second baseman Scott Dubrule’s two-run double and designated hitter Jacob Southern’s RBI single to push the lead to 10-2.

Left field Aaron Campbell hit his season’s first home run in the eighth inning as part of his 1-for-4 day at the plate. First baseman Parker Phillips and McDonald each went 2-for-3. Center fielder Garrett Spain saw his reached-safely streak end at 43 games.

Govs starting pitcher Jacques Pucheu (6-3) allowed four runs on three hits and five walks over six innings and suffered his first home loss in 2019.

Jones (7-3) notched his seventh win after holding Austin Peay to two runs on four hits over 6.2 innings.  Reliever Nick Love picked up his first save with 2.1 innings of work that saw him allow one run on three hits.

Cassala led Jacksonville’s offense with a 2-for-6, two RBI day. Dubrule added three RBI in a 1-for-5 outing.

Moment That Mattered

After a first baseman John McDonald doubled to lead off the second, the Govs put on a showcase of bunting. Right fielder Andrew Flaherty started the rally when he beat out a bunt for a base hit. Third baseman Gino Avros followed and his bunt right in front of home plate caused enough trouble to allow McDonald to score from third.

Second baseman Malcolm Tipler followed with a sacrifice bunt to put Avros and Flaherty in scoring position, allowing the Govs an opportunity to score a second run.

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Spain’s Streak Ends
Freshman Garrett Spain went 0-for-3 and was left standing in the on-deck circle as the game ended, bringing his 43-game reached safely streak to an end. It was the second-longest streak in program history, tying the mark set by Chuck Abbott in 1996.

Shryock’s Spot
Redshirt senior pitcher Cameron Shryock, who has battled through injuries in his two season’s with the Govs, made his first appearance in an Austin Peay jersey in Saturday’s contest. Called on with two runners in scoring position and two outs in the ninth, Shryock induced a ground out to end the frame.

Next Up For APSU Baseball

APSU Baseball and Jacksonville conclude their three-game nonconference tilt with a 1:00pm, Sunday contest at Raymond C. Hand Park. The Governors will recognize their 12 seniors before the start of the game.


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